Visual Arts: Research skills (postgraduate students)

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Access SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO)

A research tool that will assist you to design research projects and understand the methods behind them. Browse or search across books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, journal articles and videos.

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  • Blending qualitative and quantitative research methods in theses and dissertations
  • Communication theory and research
  • Conversation analysis and discourse analysis

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Examples of Honours exegeses, proposals, and literature/artifact reviews

These can be found in the City West High Demand Collection (second floor of the Jeffrey Smart Building) with the call numbers CW 0001-0011.

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Search across records for hundreds of thousands of theses, primarily from Australian institutions. Many are freely available online.

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For example:

  • Change and continuity: the influences of Taoist Philosophy and cultural practices on contemporary art practice, Bonita Ely, Ph.D, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, 2009 Access
  • Recoding jewellery: identity, body, survival, Susan Cohn, PhD, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009 Access
  • The sculptural language of the special-occasion and its influence on contemporary visual art practice, Bridget Currie, Master of Visual Arts, University of South Australia, 2006 Access

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest allows you to search across records for over 2.7 million theses, a significant proportion of which are from USA and Canadian institutions.

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  • Imag(in)ing the cancerous body: Representations of cancer in medical discourse and contemporary visual art, Sara Kowalski, Master of Arts, University of Alberta (Canada), 2010 Access

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